Waste recovery into biomass

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Advanced Ponding is a core technology for biological wastewater treatment which in essence is the development and implementation of integrated resource management.  In simple words, this boils down to waste recovery.  The reason for this is that apart from water reuse as a primary goal, it also links value recovery in the form of biomass to wastewater treatment.

Examples of waste recovery into biomass

Algal Biomass & Fungal Mycelium

Not only are water reuse, nutrients utilisation and energy reduction maximised via natural symbiosis found in the Biological Wastewater System like the AIPS (Algal Integrated Ponding System), but microbial biomass is additionally cultivated within the WWT plant’s ponding system.  The type of microbial biomass that is cultivated depends on the specific industrial wastewater under treatment.  Dekker Biotech primarily deals with either Spirulina and/or Dunaliella Algal Biomass or Fungal Mycelium.


Fungal Mycelium - waste recovery biomass cultivated via a wastewater treatment project. Dekker Biotech, South Africa.
Fungal Mycelium. A waste recovery biomass product. An example of a valuable byproduct that can be harvested at specific wastewater treatment projects.


Some of these products can be applied again in soil bioremediation or bioaugmentation.  Alternatively, depending on the type of wastewater treated, valuable algal biomass, such as Spirulina and Dunaliella, may be cultivated. These algal species are highly sought after in the specialised feed market.


Oil & Hydrocarbon Water and Soil Remediation

Waste recovery in the form of algal and fungal biomass which is used towards bioremediation products

SITE SPECIFIC PRODUCTS - Product variation according to application.


Sustainable Animal Feed Diets

Waste recovery in the form of algal and fungal biomass which is used towards sustainable animal feed diets. Dekker Biotech, South Africa.
The dried algal product is high in protein and antioxidants. This makes it an excellent feed supplement to cattle, poultry, and fish.


In Short:  Besides economic and low maintenance advantages in the use of micro-organisms in wastewater treatment, the resulting biomass product will also give a substantial offset to operating costs. In fact, some of these, especially algal systems, can be regarded as algal biomass production facilities rather than wastewater treatment plants.


The food industry, tanning industry, wineries & distilleries, abattoirs, piggeries, dairies, and municipal sewage.

Waste recovery into biomass has been implemented with much success.  Site-specific products for example PowDigest is actively in use.  It combines in-situ absorption and degradation of fat/oil solids in wastewater applications. This combined function has to date only been achieved in soil remediation. The absorption matrix is usually slowly degradable, however, with PowDigest, it degrades very fast in wastewater applications.

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